Each day we have had the pleasure of exploring Agadir once school ends at noon. The school schedule goes from 8 am until noon with a two hour break to go home for lunch. School doesn’t have any food service apart from one boarding school we visited in Rabat. They were so proud of their food we had to taste it and it was some of the most delicious fish I have ever had. Agadir is a beautiful city located on the Atlantic Ocean. We can watch the sunset here and enjoy walking on a bike path along the beach. Our first day here I saw a man offering rides on his camel to tourists on the beach. We visited a small fishing village and shared a coffee by the ocean and looked around. Another day, after school we visited this local indigenous people museum called Amazigh. Morocco is working hard to include the language and culture of the Amazigh people. There are three regions of Amazigh People and Youseef, my host teacher, is Amazigh. The majority of local people are as well. Another day we visited La Medina D’ Agadir, or the ancient city. In the early 1960’s Agadir suffered a horrible earthquake. It destroyed their original ancient city, but the city rebuilt this one as a replica of the original city. They even used some of the materials from the old city. The architecture and design of the city is beautiful. I loved taking pictures of the designs. There also were artistic demonstrations of local crafts to learn about their culture. We have visited the local soul, or market, two times. Each time, I was amazed by how many different types you things one could buy there from shampoo to furniture. There are also many people selling things for tourists. It is like a maze inside of the souk and it is very easy to get lost. Thankfully, Youseef was an amazing host and helped me to communicate and navigate through the market place.
This is the symbol of the Amazigh culture. It can be seen throughout the region.
Author Sheila Freehill- ELL teacher at Eagle Crest Elementary School-TGC fellow 2017-18 Morocco exchange. Please join me on my educational teacher exchange to Morocco, Costa RIca and other global adventures by following my blog. I will be sharing about my growing perspectives and understanding of others around the world and how I am embedding a global mindset into my instructional practice.